If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can’t put down. Illustrated with photos of phenomena in progress from the Warrens’ private collection. For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world’s most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career.
The Demonologist had been on my TBR for a while, and I felt like this Halloween season was the perfect time to pick it up! I’m really in the mood for some creepy books about hauntings and possessions at the moment, so naturally this one fit the bill!
I’m a huge fan of horror movies, and The Conjuring and it’s spinoffs are some of my favorites. For those of you who are unaware, that series of movies (including the Annabelle franchise) are all based on cases that Ed and Lorraine Warren handled throughout their career, and several of them are included in the book.
The Demonologist outlines many of the cases that the Warrens worked, including the Amityville Horror case. It talks through the history of the case, what causes hauntings and possessions, and some background on the religious elements that go into exorcisms.
This book is definitely going to be hit or miss for people, depending on your beliefs and whether or not you’re a fan of horror – I won’t get into this in depth, because it’s not the place, but I’ll say that I don’t believe in the supernatural, but I LOVE horror movies, so even though this book is classified as nonfiction, I read it like it was fiction and enjoyed it regardless. That said, I’m not about go to playing with an ouija board or trying to summon demons as a joke just in case I’m wrong 😉 no need to test that theory! Ha!
Anyway, I ended up reading the book in one sitting because I was so intrigued. There were definitely parts that creeped me out, and some that I found myself rolling my eyes at, but that’s not surprising given the that the book was written in the 70s. All in all, I was completely hooked, and loved reading the passages and responses to questions that the Warrens were asked by the author.
I think fans of horror movies, or who want to hear “true” accounts of exorcisms will enjoy this one! This was a 5 star read for me, and definitely got me out of the reading slump I’d been in!